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Okay so I have an interview on Tuesday with a very large, well known financial company and they have me scheduled to interview with 5 different people over a 4 hour time frame. I am interviewing with Directors and Senior VP's, all of whom I would work for if given the job. I have always worked for smaller companies (well smaller than this place) and have never had to go through a 4 hour interview before so I am really freaking out. I can already tell their interview process is much different than anything I have experienced before so I am assuming their questions will be harder.

What kind of questions have you been asked, or do you ask potential candidates in interviews? I know the basics like where do you see yourself in 5 years, what are your weaknesses and strengths, what did you like and dislike about your last job, etc... I'm looking for some questions that typically catch the interviewer off guard so I can prepare.


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Get it. It's got really good tips. Lots of common questions and how to answer them. How to relate to different people based on their age and position in the company. How to prepare beforehand. All kinds of good info. It helped me alot

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tell 'em about the ben wah balls.
Even though I am interviewing with all men I am not going to wear a low cut shirt or talk about sex. I do know how to be professional... sometimes.

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Job Interviews For Dummies

Get it. It's got really good tips. Lots of common questions and how to answer them. How to relate to different people based on their age and position in the company. How to prepare beforehand. All kinds of good info. It helped me alot

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Even though I am interviewing with all men I am not going to wear a low cut shirt or talk about sex. I do know how to be professional... sometimes.



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Good luck on your interview.

One thing I can say is that when you are interviewing with multiple people at a large company, one of them is going to be focusing on behavioral cues. They are going to ask about confrontations, etc. Do everything you can to avoid sounding aggressive and/or confrontational.

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Do not tell them you have a sportbike, just say that you have a Honda, if the subject comes up. You are too likely to die on a rocket and dead employees aren't very productive.
I will not even mention anything about riding. At my last job all three of my bosses hated my bike and would always worry about me and would pull the single mom guilt trip on me. After I crashed they were ten thousand times more annoying.

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no doubt behavioral questions with that many people looking at you.
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Even though I am interviewing with all men I am not going to wear a low cut shirt or talk about sex. I do know how to be professional... sometimes.
You do??

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What position are you applying for and what type of financial service company are we talking about?

I have interviewed hundreds and we ask questions to understand not only your experience but also how you process questions from start to finish.
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You do??
I know it's hard to believe... I was very professional when I wanted to be at my last job... other times I would tell one of my boss's to fuck himself or make comments about his short man syndrome.

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Best advice ever given to me was to actually prepare your answers. Bring a notebook, and take notes during the interview. Shows you can pay attention and shows that you actually are organized (you don't jsut say you are).

Go to some sites like monster.com that have sample questions and answers, print several of them out, and actually WRITE DOWN your responses. Bring them with you. Prepare beforehand with lots of notes and bullets-- organized into topics (or whatever makes sense to you)

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What position are you applying for and what type of financial service company are we talking about?

I have interviewed hundreds and we ask questions to understand not only your experience but also how you process questions from start to finish.

It's only a senior admin position, nothing exciting. I prefer not to mention the name of the company on here, but it is a major company that everyone has heard of.

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They might ask a completely random question just to see how you deal w/it and if you can keep your composure. For example:
Why are manhole covers round?









Ive heard someone say 'because the men who work in them are generally rotund'...hence a comical response.
the right response would be 'because being a perfect circle, it wont fall thru'
just remember, they can infer alot from the type of answers you give, even if youre wrong. just make sure you HAVE an answer and dont say 'i dunno'
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It's only a senior admin position, nothing exciting. I prefer not to mention the name of the company on here, but it is a major company that everyone has heard of.
It's never "only" anything. Since it's senior they expect that you will be capable of leading certain things; so in your interview you must show then that you can do that. I'm sure you're proud of this interview-- don't talk it down.
Also, admin positions are crucial in most firms-- you have to interact well with everyone, be cheerly, be willing to go above and beyond.... all those are things you need to express in the interview. A professional demeanor is a must, but you also have to show that you are friendly and "play well with others."
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It's never "only" anything. Since it's senior they expect that you will be capable of leading certain things; so in your interview you must show then that you can do that. I'm sure you're proud of this interview-- don't talk it down.
Also, admin positions are crucial in most firms-- you have to interact well with everyone, be cheerly, be willing to go above and beyond.... all those are things you need to express in the interview. A professional demeanor is a must, but you also have to show that you are friendly and "play well with others."
Hahahaha... I'm proud to get an interview with the company, but not proud of the position. I actually HATE being someones bitch but it's really my only option unless I want to move to Las Vegas to work. Then again this job pays a freaking butt load more than my last one did so I guess I can be proud.

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I could not even imagine how horrible it could be.

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It's just as bad giving them. Painful for everyone involved.
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Senior Admin. Good luck. I do not know the financial services industry, so I cannot offer advice there. As an admin position, my guess is they are looking to see how professional you appear and act. Probably how much experience you have dealing with setting up travel, how many staff in the past you have supported. Many companies now are also performing background and credit checks. Lastly, they may be seeing how committed to working late and from home you may be.

Best to set guidelines, show your technical expertise mentioning websites you are aware, know the company history. Best probably not to let them know you would lap them on the track.
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I never asked detailed work related questions... I always let someone else do that. My job was to nail a foot to the floor and find out what makes them tick as a person... find out what kind of ethics they have, what sort of ambition, do they get excited to learn new things, are they even open to learning new things and find out just how good of a sense of right/wrong they have in themselves.

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No I'm not going without a shirt Eric! I want to have a good interview and get the job. Making them blind probably won't get me the job.

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"name a situation in which someone asked you to do something that you felt was wrong and how did you handle it"

" three adjectives to describe you"

In your career name something that you feel you suceeded in the business world"

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I always get the "Name a time when you and your team had a problem, and how did you work together to overcome it?"
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"name a situation in which someone asked you to do something that you felt was wrong and how did you handle it"

" three adjectives to describe you"

In your career name something that you feel you suceeded in the business world"

i will try to think of more.
Those are good ones! Thanks!! Now I just gotta figure out how to answer the first question without breaking my legal agreement. lol.

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Hahahaha... I'm proud to get an interview with the company, but not proud of the position. I actually HATE being someones bitch but it's really my only option unless I want to move to Las Vegas to work. Then again this job pays a freaking butt load more than my last one did so I guess I can be proud.
Sr Admin positions aren't necessarily being someon's bitch. You are in a position to be seen by a lot of people-- you have to think of it that way, or you'll hate your job. This is a good opportunity, and you'll want to make the most of it. Show them that, and you'll nail the interview.
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